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Now Facebook will pay users to experiment on them

Facebook appears to have learnt its lesson from the recent outcry over experiments that it carried out on its users. Sky News reports that Facebook is offering actual money to people who are willing to test out its new photo-messaging app, Slingshot. “Calling all Slingshot fans! Join our hand-picked group working to make the app…

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Stuart O'ConnorNow Facebook will pay users to experiment on them
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Dating site OkCupid also experiments on its users

To paraphrase the Smashing Pumpkins, despite all our rage we are still just rats in a cage... In June, Facebook disclosed that it had tested to see if emotions were contagious, deliberately manipulating the emotional content of the news feeds for 700,000 people. Now it seems that Facebook is not the only website that conducts…

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Stuart O'ConnorDating site OkCupid also experiments on its users
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William Shatner is not a fan of Facebook Mentions

It's Facebook, Jim, but not quite as you like it. Canadian actor William Shatner — variously famous as eccentric lawyer Denny Crane on Boston Legal, beat cop TJ Hooker, womanising starship captain James T Kirk and a "singer" — is, unlike most 83-year-olds, quite a dab hand at social media. And he's not backward in…

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Stuart O'ConnorWilliam Shatner is not a fan of Facebook Mentions
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Facebook adds a “save for later” button

Facebook has added a button that will let users save an item on their feed to read later - brilliant for if you come across an interesting sounding link whilst just doing a quick browse on the bus. The way it will work is pretty similar to the likes of Pocket or Instapaper. On Facebook's…

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James O'MalleyFacebook adds a “save for later” button
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Facebook is testing a ‘buy’ button

Amazon recently rolled out a "buy now" feature for its followers on Twitter, and now it seems that Facebook is looking at a similar feature for its website. Facebook said this week that it is testing a Buy button to help businesses drive sales through the News Feed and on their Facebook Pages. "With this…

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Stuart O'ConnorFacebook is testing a ‘buy’ button
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Google+ finally removes naming restrictions

It's been around for three years now, but Google+ still struggles to drag people away from the more popular (and, to be honest, useful) social networks Facebook and Twitter. Now, in a bid to actually get people involved and stop Google+ being a social desert island, Google has dropped the rule that requires Google+ users…

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle+ finally removes naming restrictions

Facebook buys video ad firm LiveRail

Facebook has bought online video advertising platform LiveRail for a reported $500m (£292m), the Daily Telegraph reports. The Telegraph says that the San Francisco-based company's technology automatically pairs video ads with the videos that appear on many websites, such as…

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Stuart O'ConnorFacebook buys video ad firm LiveRail